Week 10 Waiver Wire: Roy Helu and More RBs You Must Add

Tim KeeneyContributor INovember 8, 2011

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 6: Running back Roy Helu #29 of the Washington Redskins is tripped up against the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter at FedExField on November 6, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. The San Francisco 49ers won, 19-11. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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If you were incredibly savvy, you could probably win your fantasy football league without drafting a running back.

The amount of injuries that happen to the position is stunning, and the constant turn in running back rotations continues. 

It seems that every week there is at least one or two unknown running backs that step up big time. That means if you're struggling at the position you don't need to worry because, as always, there's a number of RBs you can pick up this week. 

Here's a quick look at three.


Roy Helu, Washington Redskins

Yes, Mike Shanahan is not one to be trusted when relying on his running back choices, but the Redskins' backfield is beginning to thin out. 

Ryan Torain only got one carry on Sunday, and in his four games since his big Week 4, he's gotten a total of 21 carries for an anemic 31 yards. 

It appears that, no matter who else is around, Torain will be a backup. That leaves Roy Helu, who had a big Week 9, to get most of the touches.

Against the 49ers, the rookie only got 10 carries, but he turned those into 41 yards against a very stout run defense. He also pulled in an amazing 14 catches for 105 yards. 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER  Carlos Rogers #22 of the San Francisco 49ers tackles Chris Ogbonnaya #25 of the Cleveland Browns at Candlestick Park on October 30, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Helu appears ready to break out in a big way in the next few games, and you would be smart to have him on your team. 


Chris Ogbonnaya, Cleveland Browns

Who knows when this Peyton Hillis drama will end, but he and Montario Hardesty have already been ruled out for Week 10

That leaves Ogbonnaya.


He has certainly struggled so far in relief, but Ogbonnaya is still the starter for now. He's had the unfortunate task of going up against San Francisco and Houston in the past two weeks, so you can't fully blame him for the struggles. The Texans and Niners have been incredibly stout against the run this year.

The second-year back out of Texas gets a break next week as he meets up with the Rams, a much easier matchup. He's been productive as a pass-catcher out of the backfield and at the very least should be targeted in PPR leagues. 


Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 23: Jacquizz Rodgers #22 of the Atlanta Falcons runs for a short gain during the fourth quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 23, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  The Falcons defeated the Lions 23-16.  (Ph
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The explosive rookie out of Oregon State is getting worked more and more into Atlanta's offense. With Jason Snelling moving to fullback this past week, Rodgers received 10 carries and did more with them (4.4 ypc) than Michael Turner or Snelling. 

Rodgers also had a 16-yard catch.

He's small and will never get a full load of carries, but Rodgers should continue to get around 12 touches per game and has the ability to break off a big play every time. He's very similar to Dexter McCluster.

Only deeper-league owners need apply, but Rodgers is a sneaky pickup with good upside.